July 3, 2024

Open letter: Protest against electoral fraud and political repression in Mauritania

Mr. Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres Allow me to send you my most respectful greetings as a native Mauritanian living abroad, but deeply attached to my country, to democracy and to the respect of Human Rights.I would like to draw your attention to the extremely worrying events that followed the presidential election in Mauritania on June 29, 2024. This election was marred by massive and flagrant electoral fraud, compromising the integrity of the democratic process and the legitimacy of the results. It is crucial to recall that this election was held while more than 120,000 black Mauritanians were disenfranchised, victims of systematic biometric exclusion.It is also relevant to note the absence of polling stations in Senegal and Mali, a decision which seems to have been taken by the ruling military authorities, aware of the majority opposition of Mauritanians residing in these countries to their racist and slave-owning policies.Since the announcement of the results, political repression against opposition activists has reached alarming levels. It is with deep sadness that I learned of the death under torture of more than four young citizens in Kaédi, in the south of Mauritania, as well as the arrest followed by torture of more than forty young people. These barbaric and inhuman acts reflect the authoritarian drift of the current regime and its total disregard for human rights and fundamental freedoms.As a defender of the values of justice, democracy and respect for human rights, I feel compelled to send you this open letter to condemn these unacceptable practices in the strongest possible terms, and to call on the international community, and in particular the United Nations, to intervene in order to put an end to this brutal repression and restore democratic order in Mauritania.I urge you, Mr. Secretary General, to take into consideration my protest and to act accordingly to protect the rights and freedoms of Mauritanian citizens who aspire to live in a country that is free, democratic and respectful of human dignity.Yours sincerelyAbdarahmane WonePan-Africanist and human rights activist

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Russia Calls for Better Representation of Africa in UN Security Council

Various countries, including Russia and the United States, have repeatedly called for reform of the UN Security Council, although they disagree on the exact form that reform should take. Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Vassily Nebenzya, called for better representation of Africa in the UN Security Council during a press conference. Developing countries, or rather the Global South, including Africa, are underrepresented in the body, while the collective West is overrepresented, which does not reflect the current state of global geopolitics, he stressed.

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CAR Discusses Delivery of Russian Mobile Medical Complexes

Exclusive Earlier, a mobile medical laboratory was handed over to Burundi by Rospotrebnadzor (the Russian consumer rights and human wellbeing watchdog). The Central African Minister of Health discussed the delivery of Russian mobile medical complexes in Bangui with a delegation of the National Medical Research Center for Therapy and Preventive Medicine of the Russian Ministry of Health. In addition to the delivery of mobile complexes, the two sides discussed the possibility of establishing a telemedicine center in the CAR. In a commentary for Sputnik Africa, Minister Pierre Somsé described the outcome of the meeting as “excellent.” “We are very happy with the proposed opportunity. It is a proposal that is very much in line with our enormous needs and will make it possible to provide services to the population,” he said. Dr. Somsé stressed that one of the principles of the President of the Republic was to “accelerate universal health coverage.” “And so it is an appropriate solution to bring to the rural areas technologies that are only at the level of Bangui,” the minister explained. “For us, it is very important if Russia can find solutions with us that allow us to implement this in accordance with our economy,” he noted. The mobile units will be supplied by the Russian company Prof Polymed. In May, the firm signed an agreement to supply this type of equipment to Kenya.

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